U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) have announced a massive investment of $417 million in funding for recreation and conservation projects across Nevada. The funds, part of the Great American Outdoors Act, will be utilized to improve trails, watersheds, and wildlife habitats, among other initiatives.
The Great American Outdoors Act passed the United States Senate with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Donald Trump in August 2020. It provides dedicated funding for a wide range of outdoor recreation and conservation projects, including the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF provides funding to state and local governments to develop and maintain outdoor recreation areas, as well as to conserve land, water, and historic sites.
The $417 million in funding, which was allocated through the LWCF, will be directed towards various projects in Nevada, including the restoration of the Truckee River, the development of a new trail system in Las Vegas, and the preservation of wildlife habitats in the state. Additionally, the funds will be utilized to improve existing recreation areas and to create new access points for outdoor activities.
In making the announcement, Cortez Masto and Rosen emphasized the importance of investing in outdoor recreation and conservation, noting that these initiatives will create jobs and promote tourism in Nevada. They also highlighted the benefits that outdoor recreation and conservation projects have for the environment and public health.
“This investment will go a long way towards preserving Nevada’s natural beauty and enhancing our outdoor recreation opportunities,” said Cortez Masto. “By investing in conservation and recreation, we can create jobs and promote tourism, while also protecting our environment and improving public health.”
Rosen similarly emphasized the importance of investing in outdoor recreation and conservation, noting that the funds will help ensure that Nevada’s natural resources are protected and accessible for generations to come.
“This funding is an investment in our state’s future,” said Rosen. “It will help ensure that Nevada’s natural resources are protected and accessible for future generations, while also creating jobs and promoting tourism.”
The $417 million in funding for recreation and conservation projects across Nevada is part of a larger investment of $900 million allocated through the LWCF. In addition to Nevada, the funds will be used to improve outdoor recreation and conservation projects in other states across the nation.